Senior Data Engineer

  • Full-Time
  • Posted 2 months ago
  • Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum.

Company Details

Based in Malvern or Farnborough we are looking for an experienced security-cleared professional to join our team of data scientists and engineers.

We have a wide portfolio of work for Security, Defence and Commercial customers, supporting projects across the whole company, including designing and engineering solutions for leading-edge applications using Big Data, applications requiring models of complex systems, and applications requiring Enterprise level integration of components and data pipelines. Increasingly these projects exploit Agile development methodologies and Cloud-based services.

This role will require a SC security clearance and ideally a DV. Application for a DV level of clearance will normally require the individual to have been a resident in the UK for a minimum of 5 years, regardless of nationality. Full time/part time or flexible working arrangements will be considered for the right candidate.


Job Description:

You will require the ability to think clearly and creatively, communicate openly, collaborate, and influence a range of stakeholders. Succinct communication of technical ideas and concepts to a non-technical audience is important, including stakeholders and end users to understand and accurately capture project requirements.

Your tasks will include:

  • Designing and implementing data solutions for internal and external customers.
  • Integrating Open Source components into projects, both as prototypes and as commercial products.
  • Leadership of tasks within implementation projects.
  • Liaison with customer technical representatives.
  • Looking for and suggesting opportunities to further improve the products,


Key Accountabilities

  • Accountable for working with Integration and Test engineers to produce testable and tested components.
  • Accountable to the team for being creative and finding opportunities to incorporate new ideas into the products.
  • Accountable to the project manager and technical leaders for production of good quality software components, and for adequate documentation to allow efficient team working


  • Maintaining consistency and quality of the components being developed in an exciting high pace, leading-edge environment.
  • Interpreting user requirements correctly but creatively developing these into good quality service products.
  • Keeping up with state-of-the-art in a broad and high profile technical area.


Person Specification:

Substantial experience over 5 years of working with and leading data-intensive projects is required, with a curiosity to work across a wide range of business domains, and with a variety of technology stacks including different programming languages. Experience of technical supervision of less experienced staff would also be an advantage.

Experience working in a customer-facing role is desirable, as the role may require some time working on customer sites.


Essential knowledge, skills and experience required

  • Qualified to at least University Honours STEM Degree or equivalent.
  • Experienced in at least two languages of the following set: Java, Python, R, Scala, C++.
  • Experienced in working with Linux systems.
  • Experienced and knowledgeable in Open Source techniques and tooling.
  • Experience in design, development, test and integration of quality software.
  • Enthusiastic and willing to work flexibly to be part of a high-performing team.
  • Excellent verbal and written technical English communications skills.

Desirable experience of some or all of the following:

  • Working in Agile or scaled Agile teams.
  • Familiarity with a DevOps environment;
  • Full product development lifecycle from requirements to user testing.
  • Virtualisation and Cloud technologies;
  • AWS and/or Azure, designing cloud-native data architectures.
  • Big Data tools including: ElasticSearch, Hadoop, Spark, Solr, Salt/Puppet/Ansible, Zookeeper, Accumulo, Kafka, MongoDB, Neo4J, Cassandra, Apache Storm, IBM Infosphere Streams, Oracle 11/12, ZeroMQ, OrientDB.
  • Distributed computing systems.
  • Knowledge of data science technologies and processes, to support data scientists.
  • Familiarity with systems engineering design and implementation processes.
  • Supervision of less experienced technical staff.

Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum.

UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants – GOV.UK (

Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.

Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more.

About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in.

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